Why was Melissa Etheridge arrested?
Etheridge was busted for drug possession after being stopped by the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol on Aug. 17, TMZ reported earlier today.
Etheridge didn’t pass the K-9 sniffing test when her tour bus was stopped crossing into the United States from Canada at their border with North Dakota. Police found marijuana oil — which she said she uses to manage pain from cancer. Marijuana oil is legal in California but not legal in North Dakota where she was arrested.
So the “Come to My Window” singer was arrested. But she gleefully smiled from ear-to-ear in her mugshot photo, obviously not giving too many fucks about the charges.
She later pleaded not guilty, as one does.
Recreational marijuana use is legal in eight U.S. states, but the substance is still illegal under federal law. This patchwork of different laws puts users and growers in danger of prosecution.
And our federal government doesn’t look like it’s ready to legalize pot any time soon. Attorney General Jeff Sessions denounced the sale of marijuana and was surprised by the fierce backlash that hit him in response.
“I don’t think America’s going to be a better place if they sell marijuana at every corner grocery store,” he said. (We beg to differ.)
Melissa Etheridge came out of the closet in the 1990s, though she had long hinted at her sexuality in her music before then. (I mean, just give “Bring Me Some Water” a listen.) In her career she’s won an Academy Award (for her song “I Need to Wake Up”), multiple Grammys and the respect accorded to a Midwestern artist who turned herself into an icon by sheer will and hard work.